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Does Airmiles Gold Program worth it?

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Does Airmiles Gold Program worth it?

Will I actually see a discount after become a Gold member?

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No. There are very few items that are discounted miles, usually junk. I've never once redeemed for any "gold" items and I've been gold for several years.
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do you see any "gold" discount on flights? I needs a few tickets in July. thanks
fortunekitty500 wrote:
Feb 18th, 2010 7:43 pm
No. There are very few items that are discounted miles, usually junk. I've never once redeemed for any "gold" items and I've been gold for several years.
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I'm not so sure about your question. Just to clarify, you can't "buy" or "upgrade to" gold status. You simply have to qualify by being a heavy shopper and have the luck of having lots of sponsors in your area (ie: accumulate 1000 miles/year and a minimum of 5 different sponsors) :D

And, I, too, have never seen any real incentive offers. They keep sending me emails about great offers for gold members but I fail to see outstanding offers.
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I've had gold for a few years.... never used any benefit from it. They don't even give you a gold card anymore.
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Eh, I wish they would get rid of Air Miles, Aeroplan, etc, and just pass on the cost savings to customers.

I only get Air Miles because I am forced to go to the LCBO, and it's better to get them than not get them.
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I've been a goldmember for 2 years now and have never gotten any benefit from it. But it doesn't cost me anything - so I can't really complain. It's fairly easy to qualify for, I'm already more than halfway to qualifying again for 2010-11, not even 2 months into the year.

The flight specials are really good though, if the dates and locations line up with your plans, I think they are routinely 30% off the number of miles to go.
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I've been a gold member since 2004 and I've only redeemed for 1 item exclusive to gold members. I've found I'm better off redeeming gift cards and buying items on sale from a store. eg. HBC/Zellers for home items, Sportchek for sporting goods, pharmaplus for personal needs, Staples for school supplies, etc..

For flights, I've always found it's cheaper to book elsewhere.

I wouldn't go out of your way to rack up on airmiles just for the gold status, but it's really not that hard to get 1000 airmiles in a year. Although you need to shop at 5 sponsors, Shell and LCBO alone did it for me -- don't drink and drive! :D
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Thanks, how often does Airmiles has sale on high-season flights? In particular, I am looking for domestic flight in July.
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Feb 19th, 2010 11:49 am
I've been a gold member since 2004 and I've only redeemed for 1 item exclusive to gold members. I've found I'm better off redeeming gift cards and buying items on sale from a store. eg. HBC/Zellers for home items, Sportchek for sporting goods, pharmaplus for personal needs, Staples for school supplies, etc..

For flights, I've always found it's cheaper to book elsewhere.

I wouldn't go out of your way to rack up on airmiles just for the gold status, but it's really not that hard to get 1000 airmiles in a year. Although you need to shop at 5 sponsors, Shell and LCBO alone did it for me -- don't drink and drive! :D
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Every points card out there is just as way to get you to spend more money. Just remember that nobody gives away anything for free. Especially cards like the CIBC Aerogold card for example. You pay $120/year and $50 for any supplementary card. $120 + $50 x3 years for membership fees alone and you've basically bought your own ticket. That's not even including all the money you've spent to get the points you need to get the ticket.
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fly wrote:
Feb 19th, 2010 11:49 am
I've been a gold member since 2004 and I've only redeemed for 1 item exclusive to gold members. I've found I'm better off redeeming gift cards and buying items on sale from a store. eg. HBC/Zellers for home items, Sportchek for sporting goods, pharmaplus for personal needs, Staples for school supplies, etc..

For flights, I've always found it's cheaper to book elsewhere.

I wouldn't go out of your way to rack up on airmiles just for the gold status, but it's really not that hard to get 1000 airmiles in a year. Although you need to shop at 5 sponsors, Shell and LCBO alone did it for me -- don't drink and drive! :D

I was at Sportchek the other day and they told me that they don't take the Airmiles card anymore.
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82 wrote:
Feb 19th, 2010 1:39 pm
Thanks, how often does Airmiles has sale on high-season flights? In particular, I am looking for domestic flight in July.
There really aren't any flight sales for gold members. Just keep an eye out for regular sales - up to 40% off, depending on how popular the route is. The more popular the least likely there is a sale. Ever since they got rid of the old Westjet./gold Mosaik program, lowest rate of return on your miles.

Why don't you login online and look at what's on offer?
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jackrabbit000 wrote:
Feb 19th, 2010 8:53 pm
I was at Sportchek the other day and they told me that they don't take the Airmiles card anymore.
Same thing happened to me, but I think they just added sportchek.ca as one of their new online retailers.

I'm also a gold member and have seen no benefit of being one.

I tried to redeem for something last November for the first time, usually there's nothing thst interests me. 1300 air miles for a nike hybrid golf club, reg. 2600 miles. Nothing for 4 weeks, so I contact them, they tell me they'll get back to me, nothing for 2 more weeks. I call again and they tell me they can no longer get it, and they're going to return my miles.

I need to find a better credit card rewards program.
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jackrabbit000 wrote:
Feb 19th, 2010 8:53 pm
I was at Sportchek the other day and they told me that they don't take the Airmiles card anymore.
While that's true, you can still redeem for sportchek gift cards..
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82 wrote:
Feb 19th, 2010 1:39 pm
Thanks, how often does Airmiles has sale on high-season flights? In particular, I am looking for domestic flight in July.
Seems rare these days.. ever since westjet ended their partnership with bmo with the gold mastercard.

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